Wärtsilä’s just-in-time sailing solution tested and implemented

Singapore Port, one of the busiest ports in the world. Credit: Getty Images

Wärtsilä, together with project partners Carnival Maritime and HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Centre, have tested and implemented their Navi-Port just in time (JIT) arrival solution, which provides real time data exchange between ship and port, it was announced at the Smart Ports conference in London on 19 February.

The system can reduce fuel emissions and costs, and support port operations by optimising port approach and terminal berthing. This is achieved by connecting the port with the vessel navigation system and streamlining the exchange of information.

“The operator of the port in charge of scheduling will send the vessel the recommended time of arrival (RTA) and the message is displayed in the bridge navigation system, if the captain accepts the RTA, the speed profile is automatically optimized to arrive JIT. The information goes both ways,” said Matteo Natali, general manager, Port Business Development Wärtsilä.

The vessel will then send its updated estimated time of arrival to the port. The vessel is then expected to slow steam to arrive JIT at the port at the new arrival time.

The solution also incorporates other variables such as weather, current, and traffic schemes when devising the new route for JIT arrival, further optimising vessel operation.

Natali described how this service is offered as a subscription-basis solution and is part of Wärtsilä’s Fleet Operations Solution (FOS). The vessel operator will pay a monthly fee for the FOS module called voyage and port to have access to the Navi-Port middleware as well as to other voyage optimization services, while there is no direct investment needed on the port side as the solution can connect or adapt to existing port systems.

“With Navi-Port, we don’t want to slow down the delivery of the cargo or berthing of the vessel, we just want to get there in a smarter way,” said Natali.

The solution has also received approval in principle from Bureau Veritas for meeting the classification society’s cyber security requirements.

Read the full interview with Matteo Natali in the upcoming P&H May-June edition.